Pair of chorus concerts featured during Romanza Festivale of the Arts

The St. Augustine Youth Chorus will perform a special concert, “I hear America Singing” at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Ancient City Baptist Church, 27 Sevilla St. 


A concert of patriotic songs, American folk songs, spirituals and songs composed by contemporary Americans will be presented by the 35-voice chorus of children from St. Augustine and St. Johns County. 

The audience will be invited to sing along with some old favorites. 

The St. Augustine Youth Chorus performs regularly with the St. Augustine Community Chorus at Christmastime. 

They have sung with the North Florida Women’s Chorale and the St. Augustine Chamber Singers, in addition to performing at Disney World and for a special program honoring the National Park Service at the Castillo San Marcos. 

Kerry Fradley, founder and director of the chorus, will also lead the singers in a special performance at Sea World Orlando on April 21. 

As part of the Romanza Festivale of the Arts, the Saturday concert is free and open to the public. 

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The St. Augustine Community Chorus, under the direction of Michael Sanflippo, will present its celebrated Masterworks concert featuring “Two Glorias: Vivaldi and Poulenc” at 2 p.m. Sunday at Cathedral Basilica, 38 Cathedral Place. 

The program will feature Shannon McKay (organ, chamber orchestra) and soloists Hannah J. Mazur (soprano) and Regina Torres (mezzo-soprano). 

Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” written in the early 18th century, contrasts greatly with Poulenc’s setting, which premiered some 250 years later in 1961. Listeners will discover abundant contrast as well as some commonalities in these two choral masterworks. This concert is part of St. Augustine’s Romanza Festivale of the Arts. 

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door for adults. Children under 13, students and military personnel can purchase tickets for $5. 

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